One of my favourite days of the yearRead More
As some people are already aware the solstice, both winter and summer tend to have a profound impact on me, in the sense that they appear to effect change and offer new direction. This solstice is no exception.
The summer solstice seems to be my time for new ventures, growth and action, whilst the shortest day of the year is my time to sit back reflect and take stock. This time last year I embarked on the project that is America Village. This year I am developing and introducing America Village Apothecary products to the world!
Although this train has been in motion for a while, I now believe that the time is right for it to depart my pantry and move on to shop, bar, market and restaurant platforms - A little daunting but very exciting!
To mark the day I hosted an Apothecary Club Brunch, which was a lovely way to begin the new solstice cycle. The gathering continued well into the day - Always a good sign when a brunch gathering continues into the late afternoon. There was great company, stories, plant identification and tasting. Cakes, cakes and more cakes, crumble, scones, syrups, extracts and essence, cordial's, coffee, tea, tea and yet more tea!
Of course the day wouldn't have been complete without a twilight walk - Bright until nearly midnight; An Elderflower and Cherry Rosé Prosecco Cocktail -
"So we grew together like a double cherry, seeming parted, but yet an union in partition, two lovely berries moulded on one stem" - 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' William Shakespeare
Because a cocktail just wouldn't be right on midsummer's night without the cherries - and a wee dance with my love - MIDSUMMERS MAGIC.
I am discovering that my body seems to work in cycles - 6 monthly cycles. Which seem to be connected with the longest and shortest days of the year. I only realized this, this mid-summertime. I felt and ate just the same way as I did around christmas time! On further research I discovered that the word solstice is derived from the latin word sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because that is exactly what the Sun does, it seems to stand still, before it reverses its direction once again, in this 6 monthly cycle.
Based on this natural course, which appears to operate the way I function, I find myself, once again changing direction.
An Awakening. An appreciation of the things that really matter, moonlight illuminating dark corners, the smell of smoke in the hair of loved ones, the beauty of nature, the internal whirling sensation before the first goose bumps appear on your skin -
The direction I'm taking is Living with intent, simplicity and goodness = wellness and harmony.